Guvernul Republicii Moldova

Last 24 hours
15:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a cabinet meeting, with 34 subjects on the agenda.   In the beginning of the meeting, the PM asked the leadership of the Interior Ministry and Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Ministry (MADRM) to make an assessment of the damages caused by the natural calamities from the last days, in order to provide immediate assistance to the people hit.   Minister Pavel Voicu said that, in the wake of the heavy rains, massive hail and wind, 21 settlements from 5 districts had been hit. Almost 60 km of local roads were destroyed, 59 households were flooded and 120 hectare of orchards, 23 hectares of vineyard and 20 hectares of maize were affected.      Minister Ion Perju said that 2,500 hectares of lands with orchards and vineyards were hit in southern Moldova, where some of the lands - even at a level of 90 per cent. The territory affected does not have anti-hail system.      The prime minister asked the finance minister to set up a working group which, during one week, is to find the best solutions to supply and protect the agriculture.     „At present, the protection of the agriculture is made exclusively through insurance. There is no other way to provide support to those who suffered in the wake of the natural calamities. If needed, we will again rectify the state budget, in order to back the agriculture,’’ Ion Chicu said.      Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu unveiled a draft on amendment of the government decision on the establishment of disability. The document sees digitalization of the procedure of submitting the documents, as well as the creation of an electronic register of the people with disabilities. Thus, the procedure of submitting acts, issuance of duplicates will be simplified and the quality and accessibility of residents to the public service will be improved.     Another draft, worked out of the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS), sees possibility to demand through proxy the right to pension for age limit, disability pension and survivor’s pension. The necessity to made amendments results from many appeals received from people who, because of the health condition, cannot move to personally submit the application on retirement and the needed acts at the territorial social insurances body, in order to fulfill the right to pension. This refers also to the people who are abroad and who cannot return to Moldova to fulfill their right to pension, given the situation emerged because of the COVID-19 pandemic.         Viorica Dumbraveanu proposed for approval and amendment a draft on the way of establishing and payment of the social benefit, which provides for enhanced measures for the disadvantaged families, which have children, through increasing the quantum of the minimally guaranteed monthly income from 50 per cent to 75 per cent, calculated for each child.      Education, Culture and Research Minister Igor Sarov presented a draft which provides for the allocation of financial means worth 700,000 lei to local public administration authorities from 9 district centres (Anenii Noi, Criuleni, Falesti, Nisporeni, Ocnita, Rascani, Sangerei, Soroca, Ungheni), as well as Chisinau for supporting the district/municipal programmes on grants for young people’s initiatives locally. The 2020 state budget law sees allocations amounting to 1.5 million on these purposes.       Minister Dumbraveanu unveiled a draft on starting negotiations on a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Moldova and India on cooperation in the health and medicine sector. The goal of the document is to establish an inter-governmental cooperation, by joint use of technical, scientific, financial and human resources for the modernization, strengthening of the capacities of human and material resources, including infrastructure ones, involved in the providing of medical assistance, as well as the medical training, formation and research from both countries.      MSMPS presented for approval a draft meant to ensure the needed legal framework, in the context of digitalizing the process of registration of the status of unemployed and providing of the unemployment benefit (AS). The draft sees giving possibility to submit online the application on registration of the status of unemployed and removing the need to physically present the documents. The record of jobless people will be made only in the information system, by removing the costs for the file’s preservation and transfer. The decision of establishing will be issued concomitantly with the registration of the status and the term of 30 days of AS’ calculation by the national Social Insurances House will be removed. The cost of the amendments’ implementation will be of about 1.8 million lei and will be implemented by the Electronic Governance Agency.      Deputy Prime Minister Serghei Puscuta unveiled a draft law on the Customs Code. The draft implies the merger in a single normative act of four laws (the current Customs Code No1149/2000, the law on the customs tariff No 1380/1997, law on the way of import and export of goods from Moldova’s territory by private people No 1569/2002, the law on the approval of the combined classified list of goods No 172/2017). Among the draft’s innovating elements, there is the switch from declarations on paper to electronic declarations, removing the tax for the carrying out of the customs procedures, changing the form of the contravention, etc.      Government’s Secretary General Liliana Iaconi presented a draft on the awarding of the National Prize for 2020. The draft was elaborated following a decision by the commission for awarding the National Prize from 30 June 2020 to provide additional national prizes to representatives of the medical system, as a token of appreciation and gratitude for the management of the epidemiological situation. Necessary financial means worth 400,000 lei were identified, to award five National Prizes to medical sector’s representatives.    The participants in the meeting approved also a draft on starting negotiations and approving the signing of the agreement on loan between Moldova and the European Union on Macro-financial Assistance. The agreement envisages the providing of a loan worth 100 million euros, in two equal installments, in order to back Moldova in the present economic situation. The disbursement of the first installment is conditioned by the signing of the memorandum of understanding; the second installment will depend on the progress made in the implementation of six actions stipulated in the memorandum. The goal of the macro-financial assistance is to diminish the constraints of Moldova’s foreign financing, attenuate the balance of payments and the budget’s needs.    
More than 2 days ago
9:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu discussed with Head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office Igor Pokanevych and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Moldova Simon Springett. The focus of the discussion was the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Moldova and in the region, as well as the efficiency of the measures of preventing the spread of the infection.   The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic globally worries specialists and proves that educative public measures are necessary. The spread of the infection is triggered by the imprudent people’s public behavior, and to prevent the transmission of the disease, it is necessary that norms recommended by specialists epidemiologists be adopted at the level of the society.    The head of the WHO office pointed out a decrease in the number of confirmed infection cases and diminution of the infectiousness rate.      Igor Pokanevych and Simon Springett described as efficient the work of the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry in combating the pandemic crisis and informed about willingness to further support the health system of Moldova. The officials highlighted the competence of Moldovan physicians and the way they do their job.      Ion Chicuthanked the World Health Organization and the United Nations Organization for the support provided to Moldova in the process of management of the epidemiological situation. 
9:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu had a meeting with a team of experts of the International Monetary Fund, led by Ruben Atoyan. The sides initiated negotiations on a new programme with IMF. Attending the online meeting was also Governor of the National Bank of Moldova Octavian Armasu.   „The financial support on behalf of IMF is essential for Moldova, the economy of which was clearly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are ready to discuss and fulfill those several important points provided for in the agreement on financing and to continue the cooperation. Especially that the last programme with IMF was carried out successfully,’’ PM Chicu said.   During two weeks, the IMF mission will hold discussions with Moldova’s authorities on a new ambitious programme, due to be carried out in the next three years (20920-2023). The programme will be based on actions to back the economy, promotion of good fiscal and financial governance, strengthening the rule of law state, anticorruption measures and other fields.     The financial support amounts to 550 million dollars. Most of the sum will be used as budgetary support and a small part – for filling the currency reserves.     The participants in the meeting discussed also the political instability in Moldova, which represents the only imminent risk which might hinder the fulfillment of the commitments demanded by IMF. Thus, the mission will involve in discussions also several political forces from parliament.     In this respect, in next September, the Memorandum is to be discussed at the IMF Board.   In last April, the IMF Board of Directors approved an emergency loan worth 230,000,000 dollars for Moldova, provided for budgetary support, in the conditions of economic contraction forecasts. The government appealed to the Fund in March 2020, to back Moldova in overcoming the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic.    
9:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, at a online meeting, discussed with representatives of the Accountants’ Community of Moldova.   The participants in the meeting tackled the principal problems faced daily by accountants, including the impact of the amendments made to the Fiscal Code and the drafts which are to be implemented in the long run.   The participants in the meeting analyzed a draft government decision on the approval of the concept of the automated information system, Electronic register of employees, and the last adjustings were carried out.   The participants in the event referred to the impediments which emerged in the use of the new e-Invoice automated information system. The State Fiscal Service and the public institution, Centre of Information Technologies in Finances, will continue the works during all the year, in order to ensure the system’s continuous improvement.          „We resort to e-s in all life sectors, we must adapt ourselves. The reforms are necessary, including in the business environment,’’ the prime minister stressed.   The Club’s members signaled several gaps in the legislation, especially as regards the need to adjust the norms of fuel consumption in the motor transport, cancelling the tax for parking and the difficult process of notification of companies which process personal data at the National Centre for Personal Data.     The next meeting with representatives of the Accountants’ Community will be held next week. The participants in the meeting will discuss issues on the social and health sectors.    
6 July 2020
12:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu participated in a joint meeting with President Igor Dodon and Parliament Speaker Zinaida Greceanii.   In his press statements, the PM reminded about the tragedy which happened 71 years ago on 6 July, when tens of thousands of people were taken out of their homes and deported to concentration camps: ‘’This was a dark day. We must never forget these tragedies of our nation and do our utmost, in order not to allow the history to repeat.’’   Ion Chicu noted that the participants in the meeting tackled the most important subjects of the moment: the blockage of the government’s work by some MPs and the epidemiological situation in Moldova.   The prime minister said that today he would go in front of the lawmakers to unveil the draft law for which the cabinet takes responsibility. ‘’We rely on the responsibility of the MPs. I hope that today at 14:00, the political crisis will be overcome and the citizens will benefit from the increases and allowances stipulated in the draft on the budget’s amendment for 2020.’’       As for the epidemiological situation in the country, the PM said that a decrease in the number of cases was recorded; yet, the virus continues to mark the life in all sectors. A meeting of the National Public Health Commission will be held this week, which will decide the steps and actions due to be undertaken after 15 July.    
9:30
 Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a meeting of the national council for public administration’s reform. Attending the event were representatives of the Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Ministry (MADRM), Economics and Infrastructure Ministry (MEI), State Chancellery, Electronic Governance Agency and World Bank. They discussed the progress made in the implementation of the local public administration (APL) reform and the stages attained in the process of preparing the universal services providing centres (CUPS).   The PM stressed that the modernization of the public services focused on citizen remained a major goal of the cabinet. ‘’This is a very good project for the country. We continue to monitor the progress and we try to recover the major debts which have accumulated so far. Anyway, the progress is already visible,’’ Ion Chicu said.   The rapporteur on behalf of the Electronic Governance Agency, Vlad Manoil, unveiled a list of 78 public services provided by the National Social Insurances House (CNAS) proposed for the inclusion in the package 2 of re-engineering. Among them, there are the pensions, allocations, allowances, compensations and assistance, as well as certain types of certificates.            The participants in the meeting discussed the initiation of the process of piloting of CUPS. There will be 17 APL and five consular offices. The cost for the preparation and piloting of the project is 7.5 million lei. Subsequently, the authorities plan the establishment of 80 such CUPS for all Moldova.      The universal services providing centres will work based on the principle of single window of providing more services, as close as possible to the citizen, in order to enhance the accessibility and efficiency, as well as to provide a high quality in providing the governmental services.     The initiative of modernizing public services is backed by the World Bank through Modernization of governmental services project. To ensure the implementation of the pre-noted project, the World Bank will provide a loan worth 20 million dollars for 2018-2023, meant for modernizing the public services, through-re-engineering and digitalization of operational processes, so that they are more accessible for citizens.    
4 July 2020
8:30
 Prime Minister Ion Chicu considered the locations proposed for the creation of Multifunctional Industrial Platforms (PIM) from Telenesti and Sangerei.   The ground from Telenesti has an area of ten hectares and is in the state’s public property. Specialists’ evaluations show that about 1.63 million lei is needed for bringing the infrastructure of supply with electric energy, natural gas, water and sewerage.   The ground from Sangerei has an area of seven hectares and is in the immediate neighbourhood of the republican road R14. Investments worth about 318,000 lei are needed for bringing the infrastructures.      The government plans to create 16 PIM in Moldova’s districts. The districts’ industrialization has the goal to create attractive and stable jobs, which is to give possibility of professional growth for specialists, especially for young people. Presently, most industrial production is concentrated in the Chisinau city – 54 per cent and Balti city – 12 per cent.      PM Chicu referred to PIM, in the context of the regional development and ceasing the young people leaving the country: ‘’The idea of creating industrial platforms is very good. This is a solution to the old problems of Moldova – the lack of stabile and quality jobs and people’s exodus. If there is openness on behalf of the residents and wish on behalf of the authorities, investors come. We have both openness and wish. We allocated 50 million lei for the arrangement of grounds and their preparation for transmitting them to investors for use. We will quickly move in this direction.’’   
8:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a cabinet meeting, with five subjects on the agenda.   Justice Minister Fadei Nagacevschi presented for adoption a draft law which provides for the improvement of the regulations from the present normative framework as to the mechanism of enforcement of the regress institution, in the context of Moldova’s conviction by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).Under the document, the Justice Ministry is to be the entity in charge of submitting regress actions and the term of attracting to disciplinary procedure will be five years.     The PM stressed the importance of the draft, given that the state budget annually has huge losses because of ECHR convictions.  ‘’This is a very good draft. Thus, Moldova will know its ‘’heroes’’ for whom we pay huge sums at the European Court, and will also be able to call them to account. I hope very much that, once this draft approved, the judges will balance in their minds well before infringing laws,’’ Prime Minister Chicu said.     Finance Minister Serghei Puscuta unveiled a draft law, which sees giving the State Fiscal Service (SFS) powers earlier held by the economic police, which provides for the carrying out of special investigation activities and criminal prosecution for diverse economic offences, such illegal practicing of entrepreneurial activity, illegal practicing of financial activity, pseudo entrepreneurial activity, fiscal evasion of enterprises, institutions and organizations, fiscal evasion of private people, etc. Thus, decision-makers pursue prevention and combating of economic offences, which harm the work of honest economic agents and hinders the stimulation of a fair competition.  In this respect, a SFS subdivision will be set up, which will include 70 employees.       Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu referred to measures of stimulating resident physicians and pharmacists, students of the medical and pharmaceutical higher education, post-secondary vocational education and post-secondary non-tertiary education institutions, involved in the control and combating of the COVID-19 infection. The draft sees establishing of an additional scholarship for probationary stage for the next two years. In this respect, 6.6 million lei will be earmarked from the state budget. Presently, 53 residents and 200 students are involved in the fight with the pandemic.   The cabinet of ministers approved, at a request by the Public Property Agency, the allocation of 71, 306.2 thousand lei to the Finance Ministry, from the means envisaged in the state budget for 2020, for the National Arena limited company for the increase of the registered share capital.      In the end of the meeting, the prime minister spoke about the industrial platforms and the works of repair on some road segments from the Telenesti and Sangerei district, visited on 2 July. Chicu demanded openness on behalf of competent entities, including the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry, in the processing of the acts demanded by the economic agents.   Economics and Infrastructure Minister Sergiu Railean said that four contracts, on average, were daily signed as regards the Good Roads 2020 project and the works started in some settlements today. In the context, the Economics and Infrastructure Ministry’s leadership said that the gas pipe line Ungheni-Chisinau is to be put into operation by 1 August 2020.  
8:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu considered the stages of implementation of the Solid Waste Management project. The participants in the meeting discussed actions undertaken to prepare the platform for the investment planned within the agreement on financing between Moldova and the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the implementation of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) project in Moldova.      According to the government’s communication and protocol department, the investments programme includes the SWM’s integrated infrastructure, which will be placed in eight Waste Management Regions (WMR): three in the south development region (DR), three in Centru DR and two in North DR. Three feasibility studies (FS) have been finished so far for WMR 1, 5 and 8. The overall costs for the three WMR are estimated at 42 million euros.    The pilot project is to be implemented in the WMR 5, which includes the districts of Nisporeni, Calarasi and Ungheni.   Decision-makers informed the prime minister about the two models of management of public services in the SWM field, Centralized and Semi-Centralized, the advandtages and disadvantages of each of them. They presented the institution’s concept, in form of stock company, which is to ensure the integrated management of waste and identifying the sources of its financing.     Ion Chicu highlighted the importance of implementing the project in Moldova and instructed the preparation of a roadmap for the actions till the launch of the pilot project.      The agreement on financing between Moldova and the European Investment Bank on the implementation of the Solid Waste Management project in Moldova was signed on 18 October 2019. Under the document, the general cost for creating the infrastructure of the Solid Waste Management in Moldova is estimated at 200 million euros. EIB will make available to Moldova a credit line of up to 100 million euros, with the first installment worth 25 million euros. Concomitantly, the agreement provides for the co-financing of the SWM investments programme by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.        
3 July 2020
13:00
 Prime Minister Ion Chicu met authorities of the central Telenesti district. The sides discussed problems faced by the local authorities, such as connection to gas supply, street illumination, roads’ repair and recovery of the damages inflicted by the natural calamities. Only 21 out of 54 settlements of the Telenesti district are connected to gas supply.   Ion Chicu referred to the priority of investments in infrastructure and other actions meant to improve people’s living standards. ‘’I came to discuss the problems you are facing and to find solutions together. Priority represents the sectors of health, education, infrastructure and zero politics. We trust the people’s wisdom and we rely on authorities’ contribution to solving the problems of the Telenesti district.’’       The sides tackled the subject on roads’ construction within the Good Roads 2020 project. As much as 33.664 million lei will be invested in the Telenesti district for the repair of about 30 km of road in 31 settlements. The works are scheduled to be completed in next November.     A 22-km-long road, Clisova - Suhuluceni - Leuseni – Verejeni, is under repair. As much as 21.6 million lei out of the overall cost of the project of 89 million lei has been turned to account so far. The carrying out of the project on road’s repair was launched from sources of the National Regional Development Fund, through the Centru Development Agency, with co-financing from the Road Fund of up to 30 per cent from the sources annually earmarked for the project.
12:30
The ruling of Stephen the Great and Holy ended on 2 July 1504. He ruled 47 years. Stephen the Great had a ruling full of action, dedicated to the edification and strengthening of the Country of Moldavia. We most often remember Stephen the Great as a fighter, who led more than 40 wars and battles, defending the country’s borders and interests.   Yet, Stephen the Great was not only a gifted and courageous fighter. He was also a wise country leader, who managed to mobilize the nation, to give a helping hand to the country’s development. Moldavia was a politically stable and rich country. The national unity stayed at the basis of the economic and military power of the Country of Moldavia.    During the ruling of Stephen, the Country of Moldavia was able both to edify a strong system of military fortifications and to modernize the army and develop the written culture and architecture. We are proud of many of the jewels of Stephen the Great’s age at present too and we regard them as visiting cards of Moldova.    Stephen the Great left us a big list of evidence that we are able to edify a country and defend it. He showed us that we can be masters in our country and we can be good neighbours, when we are respected.     Yet, for this, we must be united and have confidence in us, not let ourselves splintered by domestic conflicts and focus on the country’s priorities.   Stephen the Great united us and showed us how great we can be. Unfortunately, the history gave us many other rulers, who divided us and taught us to be small.     We have many lessons to learn from Stephen the Great and time is ripe to assimilate them. Only the Great People can teach us to do great things. Great things, which would show that we are the descendants of Stephen the Great.   
12:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a cabinet meeting, with 30 drafts on the agenda.   The cabinet took responsibility for four drafts on a string of amendments to the annual budgetary laws. The amendments imply the increase in the state budget revenues by 52.4 million lei, especially at the expense of increasing the transfers by 33.9 million lei from state enterprises and stock companies with the state’s participation and donations for backing the budget.       The state budget revenues will grow by 1,273.3 million lei. The main increases will be for the transfer of 469.6 million lei to the state social insurances budget (BASS) given the payment of 700 lei to about 660,000 pensioners with incomes lower than 3,000 lei per month (466.3 million lei) and for the payment of the allowances for the descendants of 64 medical employees who died as a result of carrying out medical work in fighting COVID-19 (3.3 million lei); another 428 million lei will be transferred to the Fund of the Mandatory Health Insurances  (FAOAM).       - 362.5 million lei will go for increasing the salaries of the medical staff by 30 per cent as of 1 September 2020, for four months, for about 42,918 units of occupied staff or 38,793 employees, of whom 1,130 ambulance drivers.   - 65.5 million lei will be used to increase the spending of the National Centre for Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical Assistance (CNAMUP), for salary increases (50 per cent of the basic salary) to about 4,501 units of occupied personnel or 3,766 employees and providing the current expenses.     - 106 million lei at the expense of the FAOAM balance will be allocated to cover the increases of 100 per cent to the basic salary for the medical staff of hospitals for about 4,102 employees.   - 175 million lei will be earmarked for covering the insufficiency of staff expenses and for increasing by 30 per cent the salaries of the medical staff from the institutions financed from the state budget and local budgets starting from 1 September 2020.   - 40 million lei will go for the increase in salaries of about 4,500 employees and 135 million lei for compensating the insufficiency of staff spending in the general education institutions.      The amendments approved by the cabinet provides for the supplementing by 100 million lei of the fund for backing farmers; allocation of 50 million lei for the development of the entrepreneurial infrastructure in the form of 16 industrial platforms; earmarking of 20 million for social benefits for the implementation of the First Home state programme, allocation of one million lei for contracting external audit services within the Competition Council and Audiovisual Coordination Council; allocation of 4 million lei for the contracting of scanning services (S2 Global) for the Customs Service, etc.   The deficit of the national public budget will amount to 17,534.5 million lei, up by 1,327.3 million lei or 8.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   The state budget will be financed through macro-financial assistance Omnibus, worth 2,080 million lei, equivalent of 100 million euros, on behalf of the European Union and additional issuance of state transferable securities on the primary market amounting to 2,000 million lei.   According to the amendments, the available balance in the state budget on the basic component on 31 December 2020 will be of 5.6 billion lei.     Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Minister Ion Perju unveiled a draft which sees possibility that the state enterprise, Mecagro institute of agricultural technology doubles the term of prorogation for the reimbursement of the sums due to be returned on the technical loans provided to Moldova’s farmers. The period of 3 years at the most will be replaced by 6 years. The decision’s beneficiaries will be the economic agents which own farmlands beyond the Rabnita-Tiraspol highway, as well as those who were hit by the natural calamities. In the context of the climate changes, the calamities can have a repeated character, which can deprive farmers from their income source for the payment of the loan’s installments.        The cabinet of ministers approved a string of amendments to the strategy of supply with water and sanitation (2014-2028). The goal is to ensure access to water and sanitation in all Moldovan settlements till 2030. The draft provides for updating the objectives and including a new annex – Action Plan for 2020-2024. The actions will be aimed at strengthening the capacities of the local public authorities and operators of the Apa-Canal administrations, updating the normative framework s and construction of the system of supply with water and sanitation, in order to ensure the human right to water and fair access to safe sources of drinking water.   The estimated cost of implementing the action plan is of 2,338, 471.25 thousand lei, of which 2, 336, 320 thousand lei – external sources 851.25 thousand lei from the state budget.      Education, Culture and Research Minister Igor Sarov proposed for approval the amendment of the Article 41 of the Education Code. The version establishes that the general education pupils will be compulsorily provided with school manuals for free. So far, only the pupils from the primary school have been supplied with textbooks free of charge.   Economics and Infrastructure Minister Sergiu Railean presented for approval a programme on supporting business with high potential of growth and its internationalization. The programme targets three priority sectors: investments in increasing the business, its competitiveness and productiveness; replacement of imports and orientation towards export; creation and consolidation of relations with local and foreign partners.     The project’s goal is to back the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with an important role in the development of the national economy and contributes directly to the formation of GDP and the creation of jobs.     Interior Minister Pavel Voicu presented for approval a string of amendments to the law on the integrated automated information system for the record of offences, criminal files and the people who committed offences. The goal is to improve and simplify the automated record of the offences through ensuring the opportune and coherent normative basis.      Agriculture Minister Ion Perju presented a draft on the setting up of the national commission for climate changes. The draft‘s goal is to create an efficient institutional instrument of coordinating, monitoring, checking and reporting in the field of attenuating and adaptation of Moldova’s social and economy’s sectors to the climate changes.     Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu unveiled a draft on the re-establishment of the State Labour Inspectorate with duties of control in the field of labour security and health, as well as in the labour relations sector. The decision’s goal is to ensure the bringing of the national legislation in line with the conventions of the International Labour Organization, ratified by Moldova.  
1 July 2020
20:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a meeting of the governmental commission for European integration. The commission considered the evolution of the process of implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement and set priorities for the next period.     Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Oleg Tulea unveiled information on the progress made in the carrying out of the actions provided for in the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement on the period 2017-2019 and the ones from the government’s action plan for 2020-2023. The participants in the meeting highlighted the efforts to recover the sectoral debts.     Ion Chicu asked the minister to maintain the dialogue with the European partners and ensure informing about the actions undertaken by Moldova’s authorities in the process of implementation of the Association Agreement with EU and promotion of the agenda of reforms. The PM demanded focusing attention and mobilizing the resources of the competent authorities, especially on the dimension of responsibility of the Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Ministry, in order to eliminate the debts from the action plan on the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement for 2017-2019.        The commission approved a working calendar of recovering the sectoral debts, worked out and finished following a meeting of the governmental commission for European integration from 5 February 2020.
9:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired an online meeting of the Commission for Awarding the National Prize. The participants in the event discussed conditions for the organization of the contest, the process of selection of candidates and the way the Laureates Gala is to be held.   „Even if this year is marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not give up the nice tradition to award prizes to the most valuable people of the nation, who distinguished themselves in the sectors where they work and manage to get Moldova’s fame in the world,’’ Ion Chicu said.       The commission members approved the stages of the contest’s carrying out. The files could be submitted during 1-24 July in electronic format. Starting from 27 July till 7 August, the commission will consider the candidacies and will subsequently sent the Decision to the cabinet of ministers for approval.         Given that the 2020 year is marked by the pandemic, the commission discussed also the possibility to pay increased attention to the medical sector.      Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation, the formula of organizing the National Prize Gala will be decided.      The National Prize of Moldova has the goal to stimulate the activity of creation and promotion of the authentic values in the fields of science, technologies, culture, art and sport in Moldova.  
30 June 2020
8:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu visited Cioburciu village, Ștefan Vodă district, to consider the progress of the flood prevention works. Local authorities have begun strengthening the 4 km long dams. The General Inspectorate for Emergency of the Ministry of Interior / IGSU / forecasts an increase in water in the region of 80 cm. The dam will help protect the village from floods.   Works to fortify the protection dams have also started in Răscăieți, Talmaza and Olănești villages, located on the banks of the Dniester River. In Răscăieți, specialists predict an increase in water level of 1.5 meters. If the dam does not withstand, 75 households and 500 hectares of agricultural land are at risk of being flooded. The inhabitants were actively mobilized and increased the height of the dams, placing over a thousand sandbags. According to calculations, the high water level in Anenii Noi could reach Răscăieți within 2-3 days. Rescuers from IGSU will stay in the area until the flood passes, and if necessary the servicemen will be attracted.   Chicu also went to Crocmaz in Ștefan Vodă, where the water increased by one meter. If the dam gives way, the houses in the village will be flooded. Specialists have predicted that the water here will rise by 1.5 meters. The dam has a reserve to prevent flooding. The situation was inspected as far as Olănești, where no flood hazards were registered.   The premier appreciated the intervention of the local public authorities aimed at preventing floods and discussed with the mayors about the needs they face, and noted the importance of repairing local roads. Although the government is facing a pandemic caused by Covid-19 this year, it has not cut spending earmarked for road repairs. "We are not giving up the road rehabilitation project. We understand that this will allow the development of the economy. If we do not repair the roads, we have no chance to stop the exodus of people ", he said.
29 June 2020
9:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu went to Telița village, Anenii Noi district to consider the problems caused by the flood and how they can be overcome.   Due to the recent rains, in Telița the water in the Dniester river increased by 3 meters, and last night the water spilled over the dam. Eight households' gardens, about 10 ha of agricultural land, a section of road, stadium and a young 3 ha forest plantation, all located in the Dniester river valley were flooded.   IGSU is monitoring the situation. Now we need to concentrate our forces in order to pass the big water wave. There is a damage assessment mechanism, the district emergency commission determines damages, subsequently the sources of loss recovery will be identified. Every effort is made to prevent the risk of flooding downstream," he said.   The IGSU management reported that the situation on the Dniester River is complicated, but it is under control. Downstream, in Vadul lui Vodă region the water flow starts to decrease. In Delacău, the water increased by 3 cm, and at the exit from Anenii Noi district - by 11 cm. Tonight, the water will go downstream, and flooding of houses is not forecast. There was a decrease in water in Naslavcea to Dubasari, Soroca and Rezina.   The premier spoke with mayors of the region about the need to create a state fund, through which the APL can access international funds for the development of rural regions. "We are at the final stage of creating this fund. Any project identified for the benefit of society, please forward it, so that we can implement it ", he said.
25 June 2020
16:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu chaired a cabinet meeting, which contained 26 subjects on the agenda.     The government approved the plans on admission with budgetary financing and education tax to the vocational education for the 2020-2021 school year. As many as 8,279 people with budgetary financing are scheduled to be admitted to the secondary vocational education, of whom 8,010 – to the dual education and 570 - for the professional training of convicted people; 1,000 places – with the payment of the education tax. A number of 3,928 budgetary places are seen for the post-secondary vocational education and post-secondary non-tertiary education and 7,980 – with the payment of the education tax, in public and private institutions.     The government approved the concept of the Information System, e-Learning governmental training platform and the regulation of its use and management. The platform will represent a modern and efficient mechanism for the central and local public administration, citizens and business environment, who will be able to benefit from online education, on the purpose of professional education. The annual costs for the administration of the e-Learning platform are estimated at about 150,000 lei and will be covered from the state budget. The platform’s implementation will allow decreasing the costs borne by public institutions for the professional training of civil servants and other categories of employees.        The government approved the establishment of the governmental portal of entrepreneur and the regulation on its management. The portal represents an information system made up of a string of information resources and technologies, programme technical means and methodologies which are inter-connected.  The portal was created in order to provide to entrepreneurs simple access to official public interest information and the one on companies, available in information registers and systems of data providers.     The cabined ruled to establish a governmental portal of the citizen. The portal will provide users with access to official public interest information and about themselves, available in information registers and systems of data providers.   The estimated cost for ensuring the work of the two government portals, in the first year, is of about 1.5 million lei each, with financing from the state budget. As much as 500,000 lei will be annually allocated for the management of each portal. The Electronic Governance Agency will administrate the portals.     Economics and Infrastructure Minister Sergiu Railean unveiled a draft on the technical and professional attestation of specialists with activities in constructions. The draft’s need was conditioned by the declaring of the state of emergency in Moldova on the period 17 March – 15 may 2020, as well as of the state of emergency in the public health sector during 15 May – 30 June 2020, with possibility to extend the concerned term. For this reason, decision-makers suspended the process of technical and professional attestation of specialists in constructions, including the ones whose certificates expired or were under expiration on the period of the emergency state. They blocked the possibility of re-attestation for about 600 specialists with activities in designing, among whom verifiers of projects, technical experts, construction site masters, etc. The draft prolongs the validity term of the certificates of technical and professional attestation of specialists with activities in constructions, till the carrying out of their training and attestation in a six-month period starting the moment of resumption of the activity of training and attestation commissions.    The government decided to allocate 5.6 million lei for the providing of one-off allowance worth 16,000 lei to 320 people who were infected with COVID-19 while fulfilling their job duties. They are employed in budgetary institutions and medical and sanitary institutions subordinated to the Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry. So far, the one-off allowance worth 16,000 lei has been provided to another 813 employees.      The government approved the providing of allowance to the descendants of the medical staff, as a result of carrying out medical activity to fight COVID-19. Under the draft, the following persons will be able to benefit from allowance: husband survivor for a period of five years after the date of death (50 per cent of calculation basis); children with the age of up to 18 years or till the end of the education, until the age of 23 years (75 per cent for each descendant); one of the parents, if there are no descendants of the category of the earlier mentioned ones (50 per cent of the calculation basis). The calculation basis represents the monthly average income from the last 12 months till the death, but not less than 50 per cent of the average monthly salary on the economy.      The allowance is established starting the date of death and the application and acts necessary will have to be submitted in a period of 90 days. About 33 million lei was earmarked for the implementation of this draft this year, 13 million lei is seen for 2021 and about 20 million lei – for 2022.    The cabinet approved the creation of the bureau for the relations with the veterans at the State Chancellery. To this end, the cabinet members filled the limit staff of the State Chancellery by five units and completed the regulation on the organization and work of the institution’s personnel.     The decision comes following demands set forth on the platform of the National Council of the Veterans. The bureau will have the task to coordinate the carrying out of the priorities of the government’s policy in the field of social and law protection of the war veterans who participated in combat actions in the World War II; the ones held on the territory of other states, combat actions for the defence of Moldova’s territorial integrity and independence, of the participants in the Chernobyl relief works, as well as of their family members.    
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Today, Prime Minister Ion Chicu considered the situation on the water level in the Dniester River, as a result of heavy rains of the last days and the danger of floods.   Attending the meeting was the leadership of the Ministry of Interior, MEI, MADRM, MA, specialized public institutions and local public authorities.   The Ukrainian Water Resources Agency transmitted on 24.06.2020 the information on the upstream and downstream flows of the Dniester River. Following the heavy rainfall in the Dniester river basin and taking into account the increased flow on the river, at 04:00 on 24.06.2020, at the Galici and Zaleșici hydrotechnical points the flow was 3480 m3 / s and 1560 m3 / s, respectively downstream of the Dnestrovsk hydrotechnical node, the discharged flow was increased between 1800-1850 m3 / s with a subsequent increase of up to 2000-2050 m3 / s, starting with 10:00.   According to meteorologists, the situation is improving, rainfall in Ukraine is abundant but slowing down, there is danger of water output.   The IGSU management informed the premier that the change in the discharge regime at the Novodnestrovsc and Dubasari hydraulic junctions has caused significant increase in water level.   On 24 June in Otaci the water level in the Dniester River increased by 3.5 m. This increase determined the need to take preventive measures in Vălcineț, Ocnița district, where the stormwater outlets to the Dniester River were blocked to prevent water from entering the locality.   The State Hydrometeorological Service forecasts for 24 June – 2 July level increases on Naslavcea village – Dubasari, with 2–3.2 meters on Dubasari - Talmaza, with 2.5 - 3.4 m.   On Naslavcea - Dubăsari segment, at present, there are no high risks except for Soroca, where a part can be flooded and the sewerage system is temporarily blocked.   IGSU is constantly communicating with local authorities and is in the process of mobilizing the necessary resources to manage the situation and reduce the consequences.   In order to protect the rest area on the bank of the Dniester River, in the locality of Vadul lui Vodă, the rescuers prepared a mobile protection dam, which can be installed in a short time.   The premier asked to mobilize all necessary resources, to montor the situation together with the local authorities, so as to take the preventive measures discussed.   The premier called for an assessment of the losses in the localities that have suffered as a result of the floods and for information to be provided on the necessary support for the affected households.  
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Prime Minister Ion Chicu today attended a meeting of the Council of Moldova’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).     CCI President Sergiu Harea unveiled information on the results of CCI’s work in the first five months of 2020. On the pandemic period, the Chamber was concerned about the providing of assistance to the business environment, the activity of which was hit.      The PM referred to the fact that Moldova, along with all countries of the world, was going through an economic crisis. All sectors of economic activity will be affected. The government undertakes measures to maintain the domestic consumption, preserve jobs and is focused on public investments in roads and other infrastructure, in order to create jobs and improve the living standards. Another priority of the cabinet is to industrialize Moldova through the creation of 16 industrial platforms in the country’s districts. Fifty million lei will be allocated by the government for connecting them to the communication network. Friendly conditions will be created for industrial companies to invest in Moldova.      „In June 2020, the state budget revenues equaled those from June 2019 – this is the merit of the business. A draw attention to the programme on subsidization of the payments related to salaries. Up to 300 applications worth about 12 million lei have been submitted so far and the government budgeted 300 million lei to this end. A more intense informing of economic agents is necessary; we rely on your support. Business people work for them and for the country. They take care to pay salaries, bring taxes to the budget. Business people are directly interested in the country’s development. Unfortunately, we have too much political polemic and too little discussions on the country’s modernization. I hope that this will not continue too much. The need of changes is felt in Moldova,’’ the prime minister said.     On 13 May 1999, the parliament adopted the Law on Moldova’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. CCI is a non-governmental association, set up in order to back the business environment of Moldova. The Chamber has over 1,100 members with activities in the trade, industry, agriculture, transport, constructions, IT, providing services, etc.   To support the members, CCI undertakes actions to promote products and their services. The Chamber organizes economic missions, business forums, exhibitions, entrepreneurial contests, etc. in Moldova and abroad. CCI defends the interests of business people before the public authorities and provides consultancy services.      
24 June 2020
17:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu inspected the carrying out of the works of construction of the Balti-Falesti-Sculeni road. The length of the road is of 54.7 km and the cost of the works is estimated at 50.5 million euros.   The prime minister was informed that 60 per cent of the works had been carried out so far. The road’s repair must be completed till late 2020.     The general entrepreneur is an Italian company, which imported more equipments for carrying out the works, including two plants of asphalt concrete. Depending on the road segment, works of constructing drains are implemented, kerb stones are set, the entrances into households’ yards are arranged and asphalt is laid.   On the road Chisinau-Ungheni-Sculeni, the prime minister checked the march of works on construction of the bypass road of the Bahmut settlement, central Calarasi district. The road will have a length of 5.9 km. Sixty people and 18 technology units are involved in carrying out the works. The general entrepreneur is from Moldova and the works of road’s construction are to be finished in May 2021.   The cost of the works is 5.3 million euros,  provided as grant by the European Commission.      „The works’ quality is priority. At the same time, we will also insist on the term of carrying out the works. It is good for the work to be carried out intensely – employ more people, invest in equipment. In the next years, the roads will be in the focus of the government’s investment attention,’’ Ion Chicu said.     
13:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu went to Costesti-Stanca Hydropower Node to consider the flood hazards caused by the recent heavy rainfall in Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. The leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment, the Waters of Moldova Agency and the State Hydrometeorological Service informed about the evolution of the water level in the Prut River, current situation, forecasts for the next period and flood dangers.   IGSU head informed that the situation had been examined and localities that could be flooded and preventive measures had been identified. Local Public Authorities were trained and action plans were worked out, necessary materials and intervention teams were prepared.   The premier asked to be assessed the previous experience and considered the consequences of floods in 2008 and 2012, which can help planning and implementing effective preventive measures.   The leaders of the Local Public Authorities informed about the preparatory actions undertaken. The Moldovan authorities are constantly communicating with colleagues from Romania and Ukraine, exchanging information that allows maintaining a high level of preparedness to manage the risk of flooding in a most efficient manner.   Chicu noted that the government has resources in the reserve fund and is ready to intervene if necessary. He asked all public authorities responsible to manage the situation in which the water level will rise and exit the Prut river bed. "We need to have the list of houses that are in the risk area, to inform the inhabitants and prepare their safe evacuation. Please make sure we have everything ready and we will act preventively ", he said.   Note: The Costești-Stînca Hydropower Plant was built in 1973- 1978. The accumulation lake stretches over a length of 70 km with an accumulation capacity of 1 billion 285 million cubic meters of water, a maximum depth of 43 meters. The dam is 710 meters wide. The installed capacity of the hydropower plant is 32 MW, of which 16 MW is the power of the generator located in Moldova.   27 employees work at the Costești Hydropower Plant. The Hydropower Node provides 5-6% of the energy produced annually by local producers and about 1-1.5% of the energy consumed by the right bank of the Dniester River. In 2019, the revenues of the Costești-Stânca Hydropower Node exceeded 51 million lei.
23 June 2020
23:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu held a meeting to review progress in setting up industrial platforms in the country's regions. The goal of industrialization of the country is determined by the need to create stable jobs in districts, open opportunities for personal growth for young people and integrate Moldova in the global regional economic flows.   The industrialization program involves the creation of 16 industrial platforms, which will give investors the opportunity to build plants in landscaped areas with access to road infrastructure, energy, water supply and sewerage.   Land suitable for setting up 12 platforms is currently being identified and discussions are underway with local public authorities to identify four more locations.   The volume of investments required to connect the infrastructure networks to the identified locations and land planning was assessed.   The premier asked to be taken steps to change the destination of the selected lands and to earmark resources for the elaboration of projects and execution of works for infrastructure connection. Ways of getting involved in promoting investment opportunities in Moldova and attracting large industrial companies to create production in the country were discussed.   "Industrialization is an acute priority. For many years we have been facing the phenomenon of people leaving the country who want to work, especially the intention of young people to leave. They want stable jobs that offer them opportunities for personal professional growth. The country can no longer afford to lose young people ", he said.
17:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu had a meeting with Head of the European Union Delegation in Moldova Peter Michalko. The officials tackled the evolution of the economic situation in Moldova and EU, in the context of the impact of the epidemiological restrictions earlier imposed.   The sides exchanged opinions on the progress made in the implementation of the Moldova-EU Association Agreement and discussed the government’s plans on this dimension.   Ion Chicu touched upon the videoconference of the Eastern Partnership’s leaders held on 18 June 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, the heads of the EU member states and of the Eastern Partnership member countries exchanged opinions on the social and economic effects of the pandemic. The officials ascertained that the health systems of all states had been and were subjected to unprecedented pressures.      The sides discussed the progress made in the process of fulfilling the conditions for getting the macro-financial assistance installment on behalf of EU.   
17:00
Dear fellow citizens!   On 23 June 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty.   Now, after 30 years, we can see what we have managed better and less and with the lessons learned to step into the future.   Reaching 30 years of sovereignty, we have a lower Gross Domestic Product than that of RSS Moldova.   We have lost a lot in the food industry and in the livestock sector, we have lost factories producing machines and computers.   The health and education system live on the infrastructure built until 1990.   It is time to put aside everything that divides us and side by side to rebuild Moldova.   Working together we will build day by day the Sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova. We prove our right to freely dispose of our fate and we will convince partners that they can trust responsibility and our wisdom.   We will increase the standard of living in all localities of Moldova. We will become more united and more friendly, and we will convince our children to choose Moldova.   I believe in ourselves and in our wisdom inherited from our parents and grandparents.   I believe in our future and Moldova.
22 June 2020
17:30
Prime Minister Ion Chicu attended a traditional meeting of the country's top leadership and discussed developments of the epidemiological situation in Moldova and return to economic activities.   The premier called on society to show maximum responsibility in complying with epidemiological rules: “It is important that the medical system cope with this jump in the number of cases. The situation is more complicated with medical staff who is exhausted. Therefore, I come with the message to people show discipline and compliance with the rules. Besides places in hospitals, we also need people to take care of us there. We had shortage of medical staff even before the pandemic, and now it is even more pronounced ”.   On 23 June the National Commission of Public Health will hold a meeting to consider the need to extend by one month the state of emergency in public health.   Chicu noted that in the next few days the first batches of medical equipment from the European Union will arrive in the country. The support worth 30 million euros was announced in March and is meant for the 6 Eastern Partnership states.   The government's plan for reconstruction of road infrastructure in the country is being restored. We are working intensively on reconstruction of Chisinau-Giurgiulesti route and road to Vulcanesti. Construction companies have assured that the deadlines will be met. The first auction under the road reconstruction program Good Roads will be held today, and in July the repair works will begin.   "We return to normal daily activities related to infrastructure reconstruction, in parallel setting up jobs and providing income for Moldovan citizens", he said.
17:00
Construction of a new building of Mihai Eminescu high school began in Comrat, the only one in the municipality with teaching in Romanian. The project is funded by the Romanian government and the state budget.   Prime Minister Ion Chicu visited the site with Irina Vlah, Governor of Gagauzia and Daniel Ioniță, Ambassador of Romania to Moldova.   "This event is a historic one, because a school is being built, an objective with such an important significance. We have begun to really think about future generations. We thank the Romanian people for their support in the construction of this school. I congratulate the authorities from Gagauzia for their efforts in educating society ", said the prime minister.   476 pupils are studying in the school, and the existing building does not have the necessary spaces to carry out quality education.   The works amount to 20.7 million lei, of which the Romanian government contribution is 15 million lei and 5.7 million lei were provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research.   Vlah noted that building the block will provide better study conditions and more opportunities for more children. The support shows effective cooperation between authorities to ensure quality education in the country.   The study block will be put into operation at the beginning of the 2021 academic year. The institution will have a capacity for more than 700 pupils who will learn in Romanian.
17:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu, accompanied by Governor (bashkan) of the Autonomous Territorial Unit (UTA) of Gagauzia Irina Vlah, today inspected the march of the works of construction of the Comrat city’s belt road, on a length of 18.3 km. The works began in February 2019 and have been carried out at a level of 23 per cent so far. The project’s overall value is 29.9 million euros, provided as loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB).   Ion Chicu highlighted the importance of developing the road infrastructure in Moldova’s districts, in order to enhance the region’s investment attractiveness and improve the residents’ living standards. ‘’We insist on qualitative works and on term. We need investments in the country’s industrialization and the roads represent one of the key elements in this process,’’ the PM said.   The entrepreneur is a company from Turkey and has involved 281 equipments and 400 workers in the process. Under the contract, the works will be finished in February 2022.   Ion Chicu verified the march of the works for rehabilitation of the M3 national road segment Chisinau-Comrat-Giurgiulesti, on a total length of about 86 km. The works’ cost reaches 36 million euros. The construction company uses modern equipment, with 87 units and 170 employees involved, most of them local residents. Pavements are set and access to people’s yards is built in all settlements crossed by the road.       The Ukrainian entrepreneur committed to finish the road’s repair till February 2022. Works at the level of 16 per cent have been carried out till present. On the next period, the entrepreneur will start putting the asphalt layer.
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Prime Minister Ion Chicu today went to the site of construction of a sports complex in the south Moldova Comrat municipality. The complex is placed on area of four hectares and includes a football stadium with a capacity of 5,000 places, a covered hall for diverse sports events and other facilities.      The complex is built with the support of Turkey’s government, which provided about 10 million euros. As much as 8.6 million lei was allocated from the state budget for connecting the sports complex to water and sewerage supply. The present stadium from Comrat has about 60 years and does not meet the current norms.     The prime minister thanked the Turkish government for the assistance provided to Moldova in the development of the social infrastructure.   The authorities from the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia plan that national-level and international trainings and competitions are held at the sports complex. They consider that the launch of the complex will serve as an impetus for the development of sports in the region and an urge to follow a sound lifestyle. The stadium will meet the standards of the FIFA International Football Federation.   
17:00
The Moldpres State News Agency today turns 30 years of its foundation. Three decades during which the institution covered diverse stages and assiduously acquired the status of the state’s official ‘’voice.’’    The institution’s development and modernization would not have been possible without the Moldpres employees. Through your daily work, you objectively and equidistantly inform the public opinion of Moldova and from abroad about the current political, social, economic, cultural state, as well as the activity of the public authorities from Moldova.      At present, when stories have become mostly an instrument of masses’ manipulation, the objective informing is vital for people. Our citizens have right and need to know the realities, without being distorted by the editorial policies.    In this context, the Moldpres Agency has and important role in the promotion of Moldova’s image both in the country and in the world. Presently, Moldpres exchanges information with news agencies from Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, etc.        Dear members of the Moldpres family,     We thank you for the professionalism and energy you invest in your daily activity. We thank you for long-lasting cooperation and the tacit confidence given in the state’s institutions. That is what Moldova mostly needs now – the trust of its citizens. Certainly, a grounded one.   If each of us makes maximal efforts at his/her working place, we will enhance the quality standards in the country. We tend to this – no matter the difficulties we are confronting with.   We wish you good health, happiness in families, prosperity, inspiration, creativity and new forces, in order to continue the objective and equidistant informing of the wide public   Long live, the Moldpres Agency! 
19 June 2020
11:00
Prime Minister Ion Chicu today chaired a cabinet meeting and 28 subjects were on the agenda.    In the beginning of the meeting, Interior Minister Pavel Voicu unveiled information on the danger of floods in Moldova’s regions, following the heavy rains from the last days.   Economics and Infrastructure Minister Sergiu Railean presented information on the carrying out of works on reconstruction of roads in Moldova, financed from the Road Fund and with sources of projects backed by the development partners. Presently, the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB) finances 20 projects worth about seven billion lei for the construction and restoration of about 520 km of roads.      Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu reported about the number of free beds at the medical institutions specialized in the treatment of COVID-19 and actions undertaken to enhance the capacity of the health system to treat the patients infected. The Health, Labour and Social Protection Ministry (MSMPS) has enough tests, consumables and medication, in order to treat the epidemiological situation and is in the process of procurement for completing the stocks.   The cabinet approved the starting of negotiations and signing of an agreement between the governments of Moldova and Japan on the providing of a loan within the project, Modernization of agricultural technology and equipment. The accord provides for the offering of a preferential loan worth 2, 059, 000,000 Japanese yen (about 18.7 million dollars), meant for buying agricultural technology and post-harvesting equipment for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The loan will be for a repayment period of 40 years, 12 years of grace period and a 0.1-per cent interest and disbursement during nine years.        The government ruled to initiate talks and sign an agreement on cooperation between the Moldovan Justice Ministry and the Armenian counterpart.  The agreement’s goal is to establish a sustainable partnership between the states, especially on the dimension of cooperation in the justice sector.   Specialists from Moldova and Armenia will set up working groups for exchanging experience between the justice sector’s bodies. Decision-makers will take over practices as to the organization of the work of the Justice Ministry and justice sector’s bodies; enhancing the competence of the ministry’s staff; assistance in the elaboration of draft normative acts and their assessment; work of the information systems managed by the ministry.      The cabinet of ministers approved an agreement between the governments of Moldova and Turkey on the combined goods transport, signed in Ankara on 30 December 2019. The agreement’s objective is to establish the principles of regulating the functioning of the combined goods transport between the two states. This implies optimization of the use of the current infrastructure for the goods transport through the development of modern system of railway and sea transport, additionally to the road transport, in order to offer alternative social, economic and environmental solutions.      At the meeting, the government ruled to increase the share capital of the state enterprise, Railway of Moldova, by 22.16 million euros, at the expense of a loan provided by the European Investment Bank, within a project on procurement of locomotives and restructuring of the railway infrastructure. The financial means will be used for purchasing locomotives and rehabilitation of a railway segment.     The cabinet approved a draft law meant to enhance the degree of social protection of the families of servicemen and civil servants with special status, in the case of loss of the family provider. The draft provides for the establishment of their pensions worth 50 per cent of the family provider’s average monthly income, for each family member who is unable to work. Earlier, the size of the pensions of these people has stood at 30 per cent and 40 per cent of the family provider’s average monthly income. The cabinet backs the entrance into force of the draft as of 1 January 2021.     Interior Minister Pavel Voicu presented a draft regulation on the way of lifting, carriage, depositing and return of transport means in the process of finding out of contraventions. The regulation’s goal is to ease the road traffic, enhance the level of drivers’ discipline and improve the road traffic safety. The regulation sees the assigning of services of lifting, transportation, depositing of transport means in the process of ascertaining of contraventions by economic agents selected based on the public contest by the General Police Inspectorate. The contracts will be signed for periods up to 5 years.      The regulation contains norms on the criteria of contracting, way of record and return, expenses and responsibility of the sides in the process of lifting, transportation, depositing and return of transport means, model of the certificate of return of transport means from the special parking, as well as the model of the register of record of transport means lifted, deposited and returned.   The government approved amendments to the Labour Code. The new provisions give right to the employees of the medical and sanitary institutions, on the period of emergency situations dealing with the declaring of the state of emergency, siege and war or declaring of emergency state in public health, to instruct the employees’ detaching without their written agreement or instruct the recalling of medical employees from annual leave without their written agreement. The need of the amendments is triggered by the epidemiological situation in Moldova.    
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